17 October 2018


Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ 26th August 2018

Fr. Joseph Gallaghar P.P
Rt Rev Sean Heaney CC VG
Fr. Shane Crombie C.C.
Fr Kevin Fleming SSC
Sr. Genny Hassey
Sr. Margaret Burke    


Weekend Masses

Church of the Assumption:  Saturday (Vigil) 6.30pm

Sunday 8.30a.m, 10.00a.m, 11.30am & 1.00p.m

St Colmcille’s Church Durrow:  Sunday 11.30a.m

Holy Days

Church of the Assumption: 7.45a.m, 10.00a.m, 1.10p.m, 6.30p.m.

St Colmcille’s Church Durrow: Vigil 8.00pm

Weekday Masses 

Monday-Friday 7.45am & 10.00am

Saturday 10.00am 

First Friday 7.45am & 10.00am


Saturday:  12 noon-1.00pm, 3.00-4.00pm


St Mary’s Parish Centre, Benburb St, Tullamore, Phone: 0579321587

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Web: www.tullamoreparish.ie

Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9.30am-1pm; 1.30-5pm to book weddings, baptisms, certs, etc;  

Reception service 5-9pm.

Priest available for emergencies 24 hours daily.  

Parish Shop selling a selection of religious items.  

Teas after 10am Mass Mon, Wed & Fri.  

Meeting Rooms available: Contact Administrator for details of rates, availability etc. 

Parish Support Services:  Bereavement Listening, etc.  For appointment, ph 0579326604, Monday-Thursday 9.30am-1.00pm; Wednesday & Thursday 6.00-8.00pm.


For the past number of weeks John in his gospel has challenged and summoned us to strengthen our belief in the body and blood of Jesus in the Eucharist. Jesus was in no way concerned about the number of His followers and was not prepared to compromise on His message to keep them. Many had left Him and His response was to confront His apostles and pose the question “Do you also wish to go away?” It was decision time and after a few moments of silence Peter answered “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the message of eternal life.”

Today we are asked the very same question. Whom do we wish to serve? Are we willing to live the teachings of Jesus or not? Do we follow Jesus in a half-hearted part-time manner, casually floating along in our faith without ever really being as decisive as Peter? Do we follow Jesus with the assertiveness of Peter believing that He has the message of eternal life? The teaching and message of Jesus will constantly challenge us so let us ask the Lord to help us daily and to remember that He has given Himself to us in the Eucharist – the greatest gift of all. 


The annual mass and blessing of the graves will take place in Kilbride Cemetery on Sunday 2nd September at 10.00am. Fr. Rory O’ Brien will celebrate mass.  All are welcome. A gate collection will take place to help with the cutting of grass and upkeep of the graveyard.


As people from across the country and across the world gather in Dubin today with Pope Francis, we offer a prayer for the Holy Father and for all families: “Bless us all with the joy of love.  Make us patient and kind, gentle and generous, welcoming to those in need.  Protect all families with your loving care.  Amen.”

On Monday Pope Francis published a letter to all the Catholics of the world concerning the sexual abuse of children by priests and religious. We will have a chance to examine the letter in details in the coming weeks. He is clear in message. 

“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26). These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons. Crimes that inflict deep wounds of pain and powerlessness, primarily among the victims, but also in their family members and in the larger community of believers and nonbelievers alike. Looking back to the past, no effort to beg pardon and to seek to repair the harm done will ever be sufficient. Looking ahead to the future, no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening, but also to prevent the possibility of their being covered up and perpetuated. The pain of the victims and their families is also our pain, and so it is urgent that we once more reaffirm our commitment to ensure the protection of minors and of vulnerable adults."


You are invited to the all new and updated Alpha Programme that returns to Tullamore, commencing 13th September at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. Alpha is an exploration of our core Christian values and is both exciting and challenging to those of both deep faith and none. So if you would like to come and watch the highly informative videos and discuss life's biggest questions or just sit back and take it all in among friends, in a warm friendly atmosphere, why not come along to opening night to see if this programme is for you and why not bring a friend. 

‘Through Alpha, and the testimonies of those who participate in their sessions and groups, faith is renewed, rekindled, takes root.’

Cardinal K. Koch Vatican


The next available Baptism dates are Sat22nd Sept, Sun 7thOct in Tullamore &Sun14th Octin Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 19th Sept.

To book in for the meeting and baptisms, contact the Parish Secretary, at the Parish Office, Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm.


It is advisable to give six months’ notice of your intention to marry to both the Church and the Registrar.  To book the Church for weddings, contact the Parish Secretary, Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5.00pm.  

All couples getting married must attend a pre-marriage course.  Contact ACCORD, 9341831 or www.accord.ie. ACCORD also available for marriage and relationship counselling.


Only notices from parish groups, non-profit making organisations & clubs included


Mon 27   7.45  Bridgie& Percy McCabe

            10.00  Peg Doheny, Rahan Rd

Tues 28  7.45  Keenahan Family

            10.00  Patrick Rattigan, Arden view

Wed 29 10.00  Pat & Mary McCormack & Family

Fri 31     7.45  William& Maud Delahunty

Sat 1       6.30  Josephine Pender, 1st Ann

Sun 2      8.30  William Bell, 37 Hophill

            10.00  John Clifford, Daingean Rd

Shared Mass, Sat 1, 10am: Paddy Berry; Peg Deevy; John Brickland; Orlagh Spain; Bernard, John & Brigid Roche; Matthew & Kathleen Tyrrell, Mary Kate, Micky Joe, Ann & Winifred Kelly; Sr Celine Robinson, Denis & Elizabeth Galvin, James, Mary, Paddy & Dymphna Brennan; Daniel, Anne, Sean & Michael Fox; David Waters & Arthur Molloy; James & Margaret McGovern; Dymphna Costello; Scully Family; Eddie & Annie Dowling & Heffernan Family; John Guinan; Joseph & Elizabeth Geoghegan; Elizabeth & Denis Unsworth; Mary Kay nee Geoghegan; Nicholas Kerry; Mary Ann & Christy Colsh; Johnny & Kathleen Martin; Micksie Colsh; Joseph & Elizabeth Geoghegan; Patrick Egan; Wayne Martin; Michael, Mary & Patricia Cully & Family; Joe Gray.

Durrow Sun 2, 11.30am: Brian & Joseph Bermingham; Feehan Family; Patrick & Mary Bracken; John & Elizabeth Roe; Fr Arthur & Dave Waters & Laura Dillon; Edel Duignan


We Offer our sympathy to the families of Niall O’Sullivan & Leon Wade.


Welcome to God’s Family Molly Minh O’Brien, Averie-Rae Fox, Kikelomo Saka Jimoh, Emma Christine Harvey, Rian James O’Neill, Sadie Elizabeth Fox & Nikila Melania Falkowska who were baptised recently.


Tullamore €2077; Durrow €146

Envelopes €2295

Cemetery Sunday€7973

Thank you for your continued support



PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL:  Can you sit an hour with the Lord:Mon 5-6pm, Wed 5-6pm; Sat 10-11am,or any other hour? Ph: 0851162668.

ROSARY FOR LIFE offered every Monday evening 6.30pm. Church of the Assumption. Please join us for this intention.

“HOLY FACE” PRAYERS & REPARATION: Every Wed, 7.30pm, Parish Centre. All welcome.

ST PHILOMENA’S NS will reopen on Thurs 30.

BOOK LAUNCH, “FOUR OFFALY SAINTS” by Padraig O’Riain, Mon 27, 8pm, Offaly History Centre, Bury Quay.  Professor O' Riain will speak and sign copies of the book.

IRISH MIDLANDS YOUTH ORCHESTRA:  Auditions for new members, Sun 2 Sept, Charleville Centre.  Details 0868347607 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

READY:  Dinner & Dance, Tanyard Lane (formerly Wolftrap), William St, Sun 2, 7.30pm.  Ph 9341235.

HOCKEY CLUB:  Registration Sun 2 Sept, Harriers, 10.30am-12.30pm, boys & girls 3rd class +.  See  tullamorehockeyclub.ie

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS URGENTLY NEEDED for referred patients attending Mater, James’s, Tallaght, Vincents & Tullamore Hospitals for chemo treatment. For details ph Laura 01 2310 594 or visit the Irish Cancer Society website www.cancer.ie.

BOOK LAUNCH: Fr Rory O'Brien's “The Nigeria-Biafra CivilWar 'My Personal Reminiscence of the Conflict in Afikpo 1967 - 1970', Sun 2 Sept, Esker Hills Golf Club, 7 pm.

CAMOGIE CLUB:  Clothes collection day, Sat 8 Sept, 9.30-11.30am, O'Brien Pk - reusable items of clothing, soft toys, paired shoes, belts and handbags.

DOCHAS –Free Bereavement Support Group,Thurs 6 for 12 weeks,for those who have been bereaved through cancer.  Details from 0579328268 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

BALLYCOMMON TTC wide range of courses available.Details from 0579353177/53441.B.O.L.D Lotto Results 20/08/2018: 02, 06, 11, 26.  Bonus: 1.

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